Pusha T has severed ties with his previous company, GOOD Music, which was founded by Kanye West, the embattled music mogul.
Kanye West’s antisemitic crackdown on social media has dominated headlines in recent months. As a result, celebrities and other personalities have distanced themselves from Kanye West’s company.
When asked by XXL if he is still affiliated with G.O.O.D. Music label in the wake of Kanye West’s controversial social media statements, Pusha vehemently denied his affiliation.
“No. No, No, I’m not. I’m at Def Jam. I have a 50/50 venture with Def Jam. For my own music and for my label.”
According to NME, Pusha T was appointed president of G.O.O.D. Music in 2015, succeeding Che Pope. According to the publication, he has been active with Def Jam for the past seven years, and he is the company’s longest-serving president, as most of the people who came before him only lasted three years.
Pusha T is currently the owner of his own music label imprint, Heir Wave Music Group, which he founded in 2020.
Pusha made the decision just weeks after publicly criticizing Kanye West for making anti-Semitic comments in the media.
He said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times:
“It’s definitely affected me. It’s been disappointing. As a Black man in America, there is no room for bigotry or hate speech. So yeah. It’s been very disappointing.”
Despite his differences of opinion, it appears that Pusha T still values the bond he formed with the rap legend.
“Creatively, Ye has meant freedom to me. A lot of times, people would try to get me to change certain things about my process, change certain things about me lyrically, change certain things about the content. He never has been like that. He always saw me for who I was and knew how to take it to the next level.”
Meanwhile, Kanye West has been keeping a low profile since the start of his alleged presidential campaign with extreme right-wing figures like Milo Yiannopoulos, among others.
Pusha further said to XXL:
“[West] knows I will do everything I gotta do and wanna do. In regard to anything that jeopardizes my look, my pride, anything. He knows that. He knows there’s no talking me off any ledges. He just can’t do it. With him knowing that.”